Gallery Works


Barkcloth Prints


The Artist

Augustine Mugalula-Mukiibi was born on February 4th, 1943 at Kira – Kito village near Kampala, the Ugandan capital, East Africa, to Enoch W. Mukiibi a school teacher turned farmer, and Erina Nakkazi Namagudu, the 7th son of a family of 10 children. He was educated at Kira Primary School, King's College Budo, eventually studying Art and Education at Makerere University of East Africa, Kampala.

On graduation in 1967, Mugalula Mukiibi taught Art in several high schools in the country Moroto High, Makerere College, St. Henry Kitovu & Kitante Hill before establishing his own workshop, studio and gallery – AFRODESIGNS AND THE ARTS – in 1971. It is from this gallery that has enabled him to stage over 30 one-man shows in the world including: East Africa, the United States of America, Europe, Scandinavia and Australia. The 28th one being his WORLD PRESENTATION OF THE ART OF MUGALULA MUKIIBI OF UGANDA in the Uganda pavilion at Expo '98 Lisbon-Portugal. In addition, Mugalula-Mukiibi has executed many major official and private commissions and is a recipient of numerous international academic and professional awards including: the Esso Standard (now Gapco) annual Art competitions in the sixties and early seventies, Alliance Francaise and the British Broadcasting Corporation / Standard Bank International award in 1970. A great number of his works are housed in international private and public institutions, and he is featured in "Art in East Africa" by Judith Von D. Miller.

Married, with children, the artist with his wife Margaret and children devotedly address / operate their Art endeavors from their seasoned Studios, Workshop and Gallery in Kampala, punctuated by frequent international sojourns for exhibitions, presentations, studies and lectures.

Mugalula Mukiibi believes that Art is a subjective expression of an artist about an incident conditioned by period and environment. A painter, writer, sculptor, musician and dancer is the mirror of the society he/she lives in; he/she guides the taste of the present and that of posterity.

He sagaciously observes and positively that WHAT STIMULATES UGANDANS SHOULD BE SHARED BY THE WORLD COMMUNITY AND VICE VERSA. Thus his instinctive, characteristic and ardent quest for international presentations of his works of art; whereby he modestly affably beckons and salutes the entire Humankind; adding to the store of shared knowledge and mutual understanding between all of us through reciprocal appreciation. Mugalula has brought international attention to Ugandan Art, and he is an inspiration to many Artists.

Quoth he, "My mission is to, through My Art, modestly contribute to the interaction of Humankind." ompt addressing thereof.